5 Favorite Gothic Authors

RebeccaBook

glass of time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Daphne du Maurier. Of course I must start off with the queen herself, the original. Daphne du Maurier is the author of Rebecca, a 20th-century classic and the possessor of one of the more famous opening lines in literary history. Rebecca is a spooky, gothic romance, but mostly it’s just darn addicting – the story will grab you as if you’re a 10-year-old reading Redwall or an Alistair MacLean novel for the first time, and rush you along its irresistible current. If you like Jane Eyre or its lesser-known cousin, Villette, this will be exactly up your alley.

The narrator is never given a name, but she’s a young bride to Maxim de Winter, the charismatic but slightly mysterious owner of a Cornish estate. He’s a forceful personality ala Rochester, proposing by saying “I’m asking you to marry me, you little fool.” When the narrator moves in, however, she finds a home haunted by the memory of his first wife, Rebecca, who was killed in a sailing accident. Du Maurier herself always said she didn’t mean this book to be a romance, but I’ve always read and loved it as such: it’s about two people who overcome darkness to stay together. It’s heady and giddy and gripping and rather lovely. It’s never been out of print and is the standard-bearer for Gothic romance.

The opening lines resonate. “Last night I dreamt I went to at Manderley again…”

2. Mary Stewart. I went through a period in high school where I was obsessed with Stewart books – they’re such a deft, gripping blend of complex characters, suspense, and romance. She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of the 20th century, and passed away recently in May of 2014. A British novelist, she wrote both romantic suspense and historical novels and was respected for both. By far and away my favorite of her books, and a good introduction, is Nine Coaches Waiting, which yes, I admit, bears some resemblance to Jane Eyre as well (can I help it that all these Gothic romance writers are tripping on the same thing?).

Continue reading

Book Love: Landline Covers

Rainbow Rowell books always have the  best covers.

rainbow rowell landline book cover

Illustration Love: Time of the Fireflies

erinmcguire_firefliesBeautiful work by Erin McGuire
erinmcguire_fireflieswrap

Wisewords: Eat More Fruit

orange slices

 

Color: Yellow

fashion model yellow water fashion photography model swing

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

lola and the boy next door reviewLola and the Boy Next Door is the second book in Stephanie Perkin’s loosely-linked young adult trilogy (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After)… it was good stuff, y’all. In fact, dare I say I liked it much better than Anna and the French Kiss? Lola is significantly more grounded than Anna, not emotionally, but just as far as personality and life situation – I had trouble fully identifying with both Anna and Etienne in French Kiss because their lives were so thoroughly privileged. Yes, they both had family troubles which made them more sympathetic, but I’ve never been a drop-dead gorgeous teenager who gets to attend boarding school in France, and I suspect most of the rest of us haven’t either. It was all just a little too much, a little too surreal and fairy-tale-like.

All of which is to say – Lola is much more identifiable – her family’s middle-class, she works a very average job at a movie theater, she’s pretty but not absolutely stunning, and she lives in San Francisco. (Side note: San Francisco as a setting was an expected delight, as I visit often and love that city. It’s under-utilized as a setting for American books).

Lola Nolan lives with her parents (two married men) in the Castro district in San Francisco, in a delightful if small house passed down by her grandmother. She has a smart, driven best friend and a steady boyfriend in the form of tattooed punk-rocker Max. Life for her is pretty good…until some old neighbors move back in and her life turns upside down. Calliope Bell was Lola’s best friend until she started becoming a star ice skater and dropped Lola for not being cool enough. Calliope’s twin brother Cricket, meanwhile, the soft-spoken, awkward foil to his sister’s shining light, was Lola’s first love. Their relationship ended abruptly (and, traumatically for Lola) almost before it began however, and Lola hasn’t seen either of the Bell twins for years.

Continue reading

Coffee

coffee

Coffee, by Noel Barnhurst

Illustration Love: Albert Einstein Print

albert einstein quote printLovely Albert Einstein print from Leah Flores Designs

 

Doctor Who – Deep Breath Episode Screencaps

doctorwhodeepbreathtardis I’m a little late posting these, but I wanted to do a screencapture post of the premiere episode of season 8, because it did have some lovely visuals. The above shot especially is a favorite, as it looks like something out of Firefly or every other space story, and sometimes I lose the sheer wonder of the TARDIS being not just a time-traveling machine but also a spaceship.

Also, favorite line from the episode?

“You’ve redecorated….I don’t like it.”

I liked the episode, but thought it was underwhelming, and agree with Christopher Campbell’s review at Film School Rejects. Capaldi’s faces, though, are aces.
vlcsnap-2014-08-23-23h13m45s58 Continue reading

Sunflower

sunflower
Breathe. Smile.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 737 other followers

%d bloggers like this: